NBA G-League launching franchise in Mexico City

The NBA G-League is launching the Mexico City Capitanes basketball franchise for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

The team will have former Director of Basketball Operations & Player Development of the South Bay Lakers Nicholas Lagios as the General Manager.

Before the move came official, the decision was in limbo after the league suspended activities in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic arose.

Back in Feburary, NBA Mexico managing director Raúl Zárraga clarified the role the Mexican capital and Capitanes had in the NBA’s future on a conference call to the media:

Capitanes are the only team that is not affiliated with any NBA team. But, on the other side … even though it’s only in Mexico City, it’s representing the whole country when we play in the U.S. … There are no plans at this point to do any affiliation with any other NBA team; Capitanes will move along as itself. We have a huge territory — a whole country — that we can maximize to make sure that we find talent.

The move is now official for the 2021-22 G-League season.


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